BODH GAYA: The Fifth Kathok Getse Rinpoche Gyurme Tenpa Gyaltsen, holder of the Kathok Monastery lineage, has been appointed as the 7th head of Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism for a three-year term, in a recent meeting of the Nyingma representatives.
At the spiritual gathering of 29th Nyingma Monlam in Bodh Gaya, representatives of the Nyingma school drew a unanimous decision to appoint Kathok Getse Rinpoche and five other Nyingma lamas as the supreme head of Nyingma tradition in a three-year tenure basis. Representative of six major Nyingma monasteries, Zogchen, Shechen, Mindrolling, Dorje Drak and Palyul will succeed Kathok Getse Rinpoche as the supreme head of Nyingma on the termly basis.
Kathok Getse Rinpoche was born in Golok, Eastern Tibet in 1954. Rinpoche was recognised by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö and Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje as the reincarnation of the Third Kathok Getse, Gyurme Tenpa Namgyal (1886-1952). From a very early age, Rinpoche received teachings and empowerments from many masters. After coming to exile in 1997, Getse Rinpoche received teachings and empowerments from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche among others.
-Filed by Nyingma Representatives of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile-